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Brooklyn-based psychiatrist Johnny Lops believes that when the acronym was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in 2013, it heralded a transformative confluence of technology and social awareness. "We have so many different ways to communicate through our phones and through Twitter and Facebook. I have access to hear everything you're doing on a daily basis," he says, "and it can heighten my insecuritiesand jealous emotions because I feel like I'm not out doing as many cool things as you are."
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- It's probably not that much fun anyway...Every eight minutes, someone on Twitter gets FOMO. It may seem like little more than the superficial distress call of an overly connected (and oversensitive) populace, but FOMO, or the fear of missing out, says as much about the evolution of humans as it does about who we are today-and what we're really missing.
- Being thin may not be as healthy as we thought.Everyone knows someone who eats cookies for breakfast, chips for lunch, and has never actually seen the inside of a gym. Yet she still doesn't seem to gain a pound. Maybe it's a good friend. Maybe it's you.
While your gut reaction might be envy (or guarded pride) recent research has exposed a dangerous reality underneath lithe frames.
It's called being skinny fat. Technically called "normal weight obesity," skinny fatness occurs in anyone who has a normal range BMI (body mass index), but high body fat. "They are skinny by weight, but actually have a high percentage of body fat," explains Beth Ricanati, M.D., YouBeauty Wellness Advisor.
In a 2014 report, those with normal weight obesity were found to have a significantly higher risk of developing metabolic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, than those without. When you're eating a diet high inRead More »from The Dangers of Being 'Skinny Fat'
- Because we all deserve to get our beauty rest, right?We hear it all the time: Make sure you get enough sleep every night in order to improve your physical and mental health. Although we know what we need to do, it is admittedly very hard for many people to reach this goal each and every night. Even worse, on the nights when we decide to make sleep a priority, the precious hours of shut-eye can be more difficult to obtain than we would like, leading to even more frustration and sleepless nights.
There are a number of sleep stealers-secret and not-so-secret-that are important to pay attention to in order to get great sleep each and every night. Here's a list of the most common sleep stealers that I see with my patients on a daily basis. Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can help prepare your body for sleep and greatly enhance the chance that you'll get a great night of quality zzz's.
1. Your room is too warm. Many people like to create a cocoon-like environment to sleep. Although it might feelRead More »from 10 Reasons You're Not Getting Enough Sleep
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:57 AM EDTAnd if you're past 30? It's never too late to check these off your to-do list.If your teen years were for rebelling and your early to mid 20s were all about exploration, then your 30s should be about learning from old lessons, putting bad habits to bed and setting new wisdom to work for you and your future. No matter what your age, the sooner you start these seven significant steps, the better:
1. Ditch dieting for sustainable lifestyle changes. Fad diets don't work. By the time you reach rour 30s you've heard this a million times-and probably learned it for ourselves the hard way. What you may not realize is that, really, diets in general don't work. The only way to reliably lose weight and keep it off for the long haul is to eat mindfully (that means paying attention, savoring and stopping when you're full), and to eat healthfully, focusing on fresh or freshly frozen vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and non-saturated fats, and avoid the five food felons-added sugars and syrups, any grain that isn't 100Read More »from 7 Things Every Woman Needs to Do Before Hitting 30
- Do the size of our bones really differ?We Asked: Claudette Lajam, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The Answer: In a word, yes, there really is such a thing as being big boned-but it's not a medical term, and it's not always used correctly.
First, the facts. Within the range of normal, some people's bones have a bigger circumference than others' relative to their respective heights. These people are, indeed, bigger boned. There's a quick test to determine if you have a small, medium or large frame. All you have to do is measure your wrist. For women between 5' 2" and 5' 5", a circumference of 6.25" to 6.5" is considered medium. Anything below that is small; above that is large. For shorter women, the medium range is 5.5" to 5.57", and for taller women, it's 6.25" to 6.5". (A quick cheat: If you wrap the thumb and middleRead More »from Is Being 'Big Boned' Really a Thing?
- You might be doing more harm than good.You diligently slather on the hand sanitizer, stock your fridge with low-fat foods and nab a couple extra hours of sleep on the weekends. But are these so-called healthy habits really good for you? Not always. We spotted an interesting conversation at Reddit about this and decided to set the record straight on exactly which "healthy" habits you may want to ditch. Hint: If you hate sit-ups as much as we do, you're gonna love this.
We all know that washing our hands is a must before we eat and after a trip to the restroom, but skip the hand sanitizer and lather up with good old-fashioned soap instead. Not only does that antibacterial gel dry out your skin, it's also not as effective as soap and water at protecting against a nasty norovirus (an ugly stomach bug). And diarrhea and vomiting can really put a cramp on those weekend plans.
Sit-upsRead More »from 5 'Healthy' Habits that Actually Aren't
Contrary to popular boot-camp belief, sit-ups are not the cure-all for muffin tops. In fact, research shows that these
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 12:06 PM ESTReady to be your own shrink?Let's just agree right up front that stress is no fun. That pit in your stomach that warns you of impending doom is an unpleasant experience. So, what can you do to help yourself deal with that stress?
If you want to change anything in your life, it is really helpful to understand how it works first. You would never try to fix your computer by popping off the cover and randomly reaching in and grabbing components. Your brain is no different.
Stress happens when there is something in your world that you are trying to avoid. That means that there is some possible negative outcome or responsibility out there and that you are concerned about failing. While your goal to avoid the negative is active, you feel stress. If you successfully avoid the negative outcome, then you feel relief.
Here are five ways you can help manage your stress.
1. Set some positive goals.Read More »from 5 Simple Ways to Get Your Stress Levels Under Control
If you are constantly feeling stress, it means that you are spending
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:16 AM ESTTrade in the extra fat and sugar for taste that's also good for your body.My role at the Cleveland Clinic provides me the opportunity to analyze food records from patients. Of the hundreds I review, I find several trends. One common food that I see a lot of is the use of mayonnaise on sandwiches. I often say that if you actually knew what was in mayonnaise, you probably wouldn't eat it. With egg yolks, sugar and salt topping the ingredient list for most popular mayonnaise varieties, it's clearly not a choice that will make you more healthy and beautiful.
Although there are many varieties of mayo today, from vegan versions to ones made with healthier oils such as olive or canola, the one tip I often give my patients when it comes to adding more zip to their sandwich is to look beyond mayonnaise to other, more beautiful spreads-ones that provide just as much taste and a whole host of health benefits to go with it. Here are five delicious spreads to consider come meal time.
Avocado SpreadRead More »from The Sandwich Ingredient You Need to Stop Using NOW
- Suddenly, getting older isn't so scary anymore.It looks like it's time to put the sex(y) back in sexagenarian.
This week, both Marc Jacobs Beauty and NARS announced new faces that depart from the more typical ingénue; 64-year-old actress Jessica Lange will front the former luxury line, while 68-year-old English actress Charlotte Rampling will appear in ads for the latter.
For Marc Jacobs, the idea to use Lange came from personal fandom for the actress's role in the "American Horror Story" series. "We've set up the idea that, like with a lot of our shows, we should surprise and do something different-what we're going to give visually in terms of the print and image is not what you should expect but what inspires me…so we used Jessica," Jacobs told WWD.
And while the announcements sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse (where Marc Jacobs Beauty actually dropped the news), it's part of an already burgeoning trend that is challenging and perhaps even changing the prevailing image of beauty.Read More »from Proof that 60 is the New 20
- It seems intuitive, but some fat really does banish fat.Want to shed the nice, little muffin top you've developed during this never-ending winter? It may be time to start paying attention to what kind of fat is in your food, not just how much there is.
According to a three-year study by scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden, eating saturated fat commonly found in foods like meats and dairy products can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and around the abdomen-giving you that extra bulk around your midsection. Eating polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, in foods like fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils lowers overall fat levels in the body and helps increase muscle mass. (Find a list of these healthy fats here.)
"This study provides even more evidence for the importance of incorporating more healthy fats in the diet," said Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., the wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and YouBeauty's nutrition expert. "Replacing unhealthy fats, such as saturated and trans fat with healthierRead More »from Could Eating More Fat Help Flatten Your Stomach?